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New York Giants at Detroit Lions - 8/17/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Giants (3-13) at Detroit Lions (9-7)

NFL Football: Friday, August 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Ford Field)

The Line: Detroit Lions -3 -- Over/Under: 37 See the Latest Odds

TV: LOCAL

Up in the Motor City at Ford Field on Friday, we’ve got NFL preseason action coming as the New York Giants visit the Detroit Lions. 

New York has plenty of room for improvement this year. The Giants went 3-13 in 2017, finishing dead last in the NFC East. We’ll see some fresh faces as New York tries to retool and remain competitive this season. 

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New York Giants at Detroit Lions - 8/17/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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In their first preseason action this year, the Giants fell to the Browns 20-10. In that one, New York QB Eli Manning went 4-of-7 for 26 yards, and new RB Saquon Barkley had four carries for 43 yards. 

As for the Lions, they managed to go 9-7 in 2017, which was good enough for second place in the NFC North, but not good enough for a playoff spot. There are things to build on here, as Detroit has posted consecutive winning seasons for the first time in over 20 years. 

Detroit fell 16-10 to the Raiders in their first preseason action this year. Lions QBs Jake Rudock and Matt Cassel combined for 22 completions for 165 yards, while RB Ameer Abdullah posted 16 yards with a TD. 

The Giants are 2-6 ATS in their last eight versus the NFC and the under is 6-1 in their last seven games overall. The under is 4-1 in New York’s last five versus the NFC and 4-1 in their last five road games. 

Meanwhile, the Lions are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six versus the NFC and the over is 7-2 in their last nine home games. The over si 6-2 in the Lions last eight versus the NFC and the road team is 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings between these two teams. 

Detroit should be taking a step forward this season, as they’ve got some key players in place on both sides of the ball. That said, it’ll be tough to compete in that division with the Packers and Vikings looming. As for the Giants, they’re the trendy dark horse pick for the NFC East, and there’s little doubt they’ll post a better record this year. Still, I expect both teams to keep their best stuff on the sidelines for now so we won’t see too many fireworks here. I’m going Giants for the close cover, and the under as well.

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